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  • Hardware

    Google amps up assault on adware

    Google yesterday said that 1 in 20 personal computers is infected with what it called an "ad injector" as it previewed a few factoids from research it will publish in just over a month.

  • Tablets

    ARM fades from Windows PCs and tablets, but grows in Chromebooks

    You win some, you lose some. Microsoft this week dropped support for ARM processors from its Surface tablets with the Surface 3, but adoption of the chip architecture in Chromebooks is growing.

  • Software

    Chef serves up devops for the enterprise

    If every business is now a software business, as the saying goes, then many companies might benefit by automating their routines for creating and updating the software that keeps them in business.

  • Open Source

    Over 100,000 devices can be used to amplify DDoS attacks via multicast DNS

    Over 100,000 devices have a misconfigured service called multicast DNS that accepts requests from the Internet and can potentially be abused to amplify distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

  • Grid & Cloud Computing

    Oracle bolsters Marketing Cloud to show CMOs the big picture

    It's a common theme that spans functional areas within the organization: data remains stuck in silos, making it all but impossible for decision-makers to get a glimpse at the big picture. Zeroing in on marketers' experience of this problem, Oracle on Wednesday rolled out several enhancements to its Marketing Cloud designed to help companies develop a more holistic view of their customers.

  • Security

    Palo Alto service to flag particularly evil security attacks

    Palo Alto Networks is introducing a service that tips customers off when it discovers unique or particularly dangerous attacks against their networks, giving them a heads up that perhaps they are the targets of particularly resourceful, dedicated adversaries.

  • Security

    Obama authorizes sanctions against hackers

    U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order authorizing the U.S. government to impose sanctions on people, organizations and governments that partake in "malicious cyber-enabled activities" that harm the country.

  • Open Source

    AWS targets interrupted sessions with virtual desktops upgrade

    Amazon Web Services has made its WorkSpaces virtual desktops less annoying to use with a feature that resumes the previous session after it detects an interruption.

  • Open Source

    Is it safe to use public Wi-Fi networks?

    Wi-Fi has significantly changed the way we work and play, enabling us to interact with the digital world from anywhere in the physical world. Furthermore, free Wi-Fi access is on the rise, from local coffee shops to international restaurant chains. However, the convenience of free Wi-Fi comes with some real threats, from computer viruses to identity theft.

  • Software

    As Uber cries foul in Europe, EC advises it to first follow the law

    Uber Technologies needs to operate within existing laws, the European Commission said on Wednesday giving an update about complaints filed by the U.S. taxi hailing company against EU governments.

  • Apple

    All the news that's fit to squish -- on a smartwatch

    It was probably inevitable: The New York Times announced Tuesday it will produce one-sentence stories and other content on various topics for the Apple Watch, the day the device first goes on sale on April 24.

  • Software

    First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development

    In early March I reviewed the AWS Mobile SDK, Google Firebase, and Microsoft Azure Mobile Services, the mobile back-end service offerings of the three major public clouds. The Microsoft option was a pleasant surprise. I was struck by Microsoft's thoughtful implementation of mobile services and the respect with which the Azure Mobile Services team addressed the needs of app developers without imposing on the choice of solution; thus, we awarded it an Editor's Choice.

  • Development

    Microsoft upgrades JavaScript, Visual Studio development tools

    Microsoft is making more accommodations for developers in both the JavaScript and Visual Studio realms, including promoting the development of "universal experiences."

  • Malware

    Google cracks down on ad-injecting Chrome extensions

    Google has identified and disabled 192 Chrome browser extensions that injected rogue ads into Web pages opened by users without being upfront about it. The company will scan for similar policy violations in future.

  • Mobile

    The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, April 1

    Amazon wants you to push its buttons...HP sues former execs for $5 billion...Belgians say Facebook is flouting laws... and more tech news.

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